Mid-Autumn Festival Week to open in Hanoi
A festival to mark the 999th anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi and 55th anniversary of the Liberation of Hanoi will be celebrated in Hanoi from September 19 to October 3. Organized by the Peoples’ Committee of Hoan Kiem District, the week promises to be an interesting event, the Vietnam News Agency reports.
The Mid-Autumn festival week will be celebrated at the front gate of Dong Xuan market on Hang Ma and Hang Luoc streets and in the street at Hang Dao-Dong Xuan-Hang Giay. There will be a number of booths featuring products related to Mid-Autumn and toys for children.
Schedule of main activities of the Mid-Autumn Festival Week
-Sep 27, 28, 29: an outdoor stage in front of Dong Xuan Market will be a space for traditional art activities such as hat xam (songs of a strolling bind musician), ca tru (ceremonial song), cheo (traditional operetta) and more.
-Sep 25, 26: Nights of traditional games featuring children from many wards in the ancient town. -Oct 2: a festival of lion dance with dance troupes from Hanoi and Hoan Kiem District promise a party of exciting lion dance moves.
-Oct 3: The full-moon night is considered the pinnacle of Mid-Autumn week and will be celebrated with a lantern parade, lion dance, tradition games, cultural performances and kung-fu performed by children.
-Sep 30 to Oct 3: At the heritage house at 87 Ma May Street will be exhibitions to introduce documentary images of traditional Mid-Autumn festivals, traditional toys and traditional foods.
Vietnamese-Japanese color shines at Hanoi’s Mid-Autumn festival
Vietnamese-Japanese Mid-Autumn festival 2009, co-organized by the Kyushu National Museum, the Japanese Center for Culture Exchange in Vietnam and the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, will be held at the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology on Nguyen Van Huyen Street in Hanoi’s Cau Giay District from September 25-27, reports Tuoi Tre.
The event will feature traditional Vietnamese activities like dragon dance, stilt walking and water puppetry in addition to Japanese artistic performances such as yosakoi dance, origami and kimono fashion and tea making shows.
On opening day, 100 gifts will be presented to children from selected villages and charitable vocational training centers. Children can also take part in various games and activities at the museum.
The event expects to draw 2,000 to 3,000 children a day.